Here are four tips to ensure better short-term and long-term urologic health:
1. Stay Hydrated.
Drinking enough water is the key to avoiding dehydration. Water flushes out bacteria from your system, keeping your bladder healthy and preventing infections. Don’t wait until you feel thirsty; drink water consistently throughout the day.
2. Drink cranberry juice.
Cranberries contain powerful antioxidants and keep bacteria from sticking to the bladder walls. Drinking cranberry juice or taking cranberry pills can help prevent UTIs and other urologic conditions. Just make sure you select a natural cranberry juice – processed cranberry juice usually contains high amounts of sugar. The liquid contributes to hydration.
3. Limit salt and caffeine.
Salt is necessary in your diet, but too much salt can upset the mineral balance in your system. In similar fashion, caffeine is healthy in small doses, but should be carefully monitored if urologic issues are present. You can still enjoy foods and drinks containing salt and caffeine; just do so in moderation.
4. Maintain a healthy weight.
There are a number of health conditions associated with obesity, and kidney stones are one of them. Extra pounds lead to needing more water, so dehydration is more common in people who are overweight. Since dehydration contributes to the development of kidney stones, gaining weight can be harmful to your body.
Urologic issues can be a hassle. Try to maintain a healthy lifestyle by following these four tips consistently, and help prevent annoying urological conditions before they start.
To schedule an appointment with our urologist, call RAMC at 608-524-6487 or visit our urology page.